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Prison Officer

Register your interest in becoming a prison officer.

The Department of Corrective Services looks for candidates from all walks of life. We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women and people from diverse cultural backgrounds who are able to draw on life experiences to register their interest.

Before you register your interest, read on for more information about what a job as a prison officer is all about.

The Department of Corrective Services core focus is on SSSR:

  • Security of detainees and prisoners in correctional facilities and offenders on community based orders
  • Safety of our people
  • Safety of offenders, detainees and prisoners
  • Rehabilitation.

As a prison officer:

  • everything you do works towards us achieving a safer community.
  • you contribute to the safe, secure and efficient operation of the prison and custody of prisoners.
  • you'll be involved in every aspect of a prisoner's life, from inducting offenders into the prison to helping them plan to make the best use of their time.

The role

Your biggest challenge will be building a rapport with prisoners in your care while maintaining professionalism and good conduct. Balancing authority and understanding with a non-judgemental and compassionate approach is essential.

Prison officers act as role models for prisoners, to motivate and encourage them and put structure into their lives.

Your tasks will vary according to the security level of the prison and can include:

  • induction of prisoners
  • staffing various units in the prison including the gatehouse, accommodation wings and other strategic areas
  • helping prisoners develop a plan to make the best use of their time in prison
  • assisting with vocational training of prisoners
  • escorting prisoners and supervising prison activities including recreation, industry and training
  • writing daily reports
  • responding to incidents and complying with all policies and procedures.

The benefits

Our Prison Officers enjoy a range of great benefits including:

  • employment security
  • flexible working conditions - prisons operate on a 24 hour roster system, 7 days a week
  • generous leave entitlements including:
    • 5 or 6 weeks annual leave
    • personal leave
    • parental leave (paid and unpaid)
    • study leave
    • long service leave after 7 years
    • purchased leave
  • salary for Prison Officers on shift work: $71,839 - $83,927 per annum plus superannuation
  • opportunities for promotion and career development
  • supplied uniforms
  • regional incentives including a regional incentive allowance of $2237 or $4472 per annum paid fortnightly (depending on the location)
  • the ability to utilise your life experience to help a prisoner turn their life around.


You'll need to be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen.

If you are an applicant from outside Australia, refer to our International Recruitment page.

Selection process

To be considered for placement in the 12 month appointment pool, you will need to successfully complete a range of assessments. Some of these may include:

  • assessment of application
  • employment profile assessment, which includes:
    • literacy and aptitude testing
    • personality questionnaires
    • in some cases, an interview with a psychologist
  • selection panel interview
  • reference checks
  • medical assessment
  • fitness assessment
  • criminal history and integrity screening
  • any other assessments or checks as noted in the job advertisement.


If you are offered a position, you will need to undertake a paid Entry Level Training Course at the Department's Academy in Bentley for 12 weeks.

You will receive a training salary of $55,339 per annum during the 12 week training. Those located in regional areas will not be required to pay for travel and accommodation during this mandatory training at the Bentley Academy.

This is followed by a 6 month on-the-job probationary period, during which you will be required to demonstrate competent application of specific skills and knowledge within the prison environment, through various formal and informal assessments.

You must receive a satisfactory performance appraisal at the end of the 9 month period to be recommended for permanency. Upon successful completion of all training and assessments you will be awarded a Certificate III in Correctional Practice (Custodial).

Contact us

Applications for Prison Officers are currently closed. Enter your details into the Prison Officer Registry to register your interest.

For further information about the recruitment of Prison Officers, contact us by:

  • Email:
  • Telephone: 1800 796 026 - select Option 1.

For more information about careers with the Department, refer to the working with us page or a list of current vacancies in the Department. Note: During the expression of interest stage, these positions are not advertised on the current vacancies job board.

Page last updated: 1-Mar-2017